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Coronavirus in Tenerife, tourist information

The Coronavirus has caused a lot of questions and doubts amongst Tenerife’s tourists and visitors. Here, we will try to answer the main questions and give you as much useful information as possible.  . 

The status of Tenerife’s airport

Tenerife Airports Coronavirus

The official source of all information about the airport is AENA. Tenerife’s airports will remain open but with limited operating capacity. 

AENA’s official advice is to:

  • Always check the state of your flight with your airline
  • Don’t go to the airport any earlier than 90 minutes before your flight time
  • Maintain a one metre distance between yourself and other people

We publish the list of outbound flights from both Tenerife’s North and South airports on our social media profiles every day. If you have any doubts about getting back to your home country, please contact your consulate. It will be able to give you detailed information about getting a seat on a flight back home. 

If you plan to travel to the airport using public transport, please allow an extra hour of travel time as some services may not be running.  The aeroexpress line from Los Cristianos and Costa Adeje has been cancelled and the route is now covered by bus lines 111 and 711 in both directions. Passengers must buy a Ten+ card at the Los Cristianos or Las Americas bus stations as cash payments are not currently allowed.

Hotel closures

From March 19 hotels have closed to business due to a decree from the Ministry of Health that affects all tourist accommodation establishments in Spain. 

As a consequence, hotels cannot accept new guests during the national State of Alarm. Current guests have a seven day grace period, until March 26, to leave their hotel. This shutdown will last as long as the State of Alarm, including any extensions to the alarm period. 

How does the State of Alarm affect Tenerife? 

From Saturday 14 March 2020 the Government of Spain has decreed a State of Alarm covering the whole country. This will last for an initial period of 15 days and can be extended by the Spanish parliament. During the period, these are the restrictions that could affect tourists and visitors in Tenerife:

  • People are only allowed out of their home or accommodation for the following reasons:
  • To buy food, medicine or other essentials
  • To travel to a health centre or hospital
  • To travel to work
  • To assist the elderly or other dependent persons
  • To attend to urgent business at a bank or insurance company
  • Due to force majeure or an emergency
  • All journeys must be carried out alone unless your companion is a child, elderly person or other dependent. 
  • All shops are closed to the public, except those that sell food, essential items, medicine and medicinal items, hygiene products, press, stationary, vehicle fuel, and pet food, and those that operate online. 
  • Consuming food or drink inside an open shop is forbidden, as is forming groups and not maintaining the correct safety distance between people.
  • All restaurants, bars and other hospitality businesses are closed with the exception of those that deliver.
  • Museums, libraries and monuments are closed as are all sports, entertainment and leisure venues.
  • Public transport continues in a limited capacity. Check the reduced bus timetable from local bus company TITSA here: https://bit.ly/39i1Gg0

For more detailed information about the State of Alarm, please see our official announcement.

How long will the State of Alarm last

The State of Alarm will last until at least April 11 2020 but could be extended for a further 15 days. All restrictions remain in force until the State of Alarm is officially lifted. 

Travel restrictions to non-EU countries 

THe European Council has limited non-essential travel to and from countries outside the EU and the Schengen Zone. Entry into the EU for all non-EU citizens with the following exceptions. 

  • Residents of the EU or Schengen Associated Nations who are returning to their primary residence.  
  • Holders of a long-term visa issued by a member country who are headed to that country. 
  • Transnational workers
  • Healthcare professionals travelling for work purposes. 
  • Freight and good transports workers who are travelling for work purposes and those aviation workers essential to commercial air travel activities.
  • Diplomats, consular staff and international aid agency workers travelling for work purposes. 
  • People travelling for essential family reasons.

Entry may also be denied to European Union citizens who are not registered as Spanish residents or are not travelling onwards to their residence in another EU country. These restrictions are in place for 30 days from March 23.  

Tourist Information Services

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Tenerife Tourism has launched a tourist helpline service for any visitor who needs assistance or information about Tenerife, COVID-19, or future visits to the island. Contact the service via telephone, email or via the GOIO virtual assistant. 

  • Telephone numbers: (0034) 922 255433 / 678 226 838 / 922 386 000 – 9:00 to 21:00 (+0 GMT).
  • Email: info@webtenerife.com
  • Goio virtual assistant: webtenerife.com/goio

Remember to stay safe and in your home or accommodation. It will be a pleasure for us here in Tenerife to welcome you back in the future and continue to make great memories together. You can keep up with us at our corporate blog here  www.webtenerife.com/blogcorporativo/

Tenerife through the eyes of travellers

In this post, dedicated to the female travelers who visit us, we’ve curated a compilation of stories that we hope will inspire you on your next trip to Tenerife.

Alex 

Alex Outhwaite is a popular newscaster in the UK. She came to our island to record a report for Sky TV, but the island surprised her more than she expected. On her trip she saw cetaceans in the sea, learned about Canarian culture and the “shepherd’s jump” and, of course, visited the Teide National Park.

Alex recently uploaded a photo of herself paragliding over the island and reminisced about the good times she spent here. “The truth is that I did not expect such spectacular places to exist in Tenerife.” 

Jakiya

Jakiya came from Senegal to spend a few days in Tenerife with a group of colleagues from her country. Together they visited places like Masca, Icod de los Vinos and El Médano. Jakiya is a born traveler who left her job to travel the world and inspire others to dare to discover new places.

Marta, María and Lucía

Marta Soriano, María Valdés and Lucia Bárcena are passionate about the world of fashion and styling. They came to Tenerife to attend the island’s  International Fashion Fair, but couldn’t resist dipping into our gastronomy. They returned from Tenerife knowing how to make a Mojo sauce and wrinkled potatoes, and with the memory of the taste of wines that once  enticed Shakespeare.

Emily

Emily is one half of the Along Dusty Roads blog team along with her partner Andrew. She came to Tenerife in 2018 and set out to explore the active side of the island; kayaking in Los Gigantes, walking through the volcanic landscapes of Mount Teide, and seeing the stars after nightfall. A whole experience that changed the way they saw Tenerife.

Pauline

Pauline is a passionate traveller from Luxembourg.  She got to know Tenerife in-depth as it was her “base camp” for an ambitious sailing trip across the Atlantic. She also took these 25 photographs that will make you fall in love with Tenerife.

Kristin

Kristin from Germany believes in sustainable travel and, together with her partner Rayco, traveled to different places in Tenerife. From hiking in Anaga to the streets of La Orotava, Kristin knows the island very well because it was the place where she and her partner decided to get married.

These are just a few examples of travelers of all kinds who, for one reason or another, decided to make memories in Tenerife. Are you ready to start your own Tenerife journey?

Easter holidays in Tenerife

Thinking of spending your Easter holidays in Tenerife? You may already be preparing your suitcase, camera, essential toiletry bag, clothes, etc. Talking about clothes, do you know whether to bring warm clothes or something lighter? Or, are you still have doubts about the places to visit? Don’t worry, we’re here to be your travel guide and resolve any doubts.

The weather in Tenerife

The weather in Tenerife is pleasant and mild. For Easter Week 2020, which is celebrated in Tenerife from April 5th to 12th, average temperatures are expected to be around 20ºC.

Easter Holidays Tenerife

By the way, have you heard of Tenerife’s microclimates? This unique feature of the island allows travelers to sunbathe on the beach at the same time as adventurers dressed in coats climb to Teide’s summit. Tenerife is an island of contrasts so you can always choose what you like best.

Where to go on your Easter holidays in Tenerife

It is important that you know where to go on your Easter holidays in Tenerife, since the island’s  contrasts mean that there is an ideal spot for everyone.

The north of Tenerife

Tenerife North Easter

The north of Tenerife is a leafy and green area, with a multitude of culture and historical sites to visit such as Puerto de la Cruz, La Orotava, Garachico… For the more adventurous, the Cave of the Wind is the place to visit because it allows you to explore the inside of the island.

The south of Tenerife

Tenerife South Easter

The south of Tenerife is full of beaches and volcanic landscapes. Arona, Adeje, Guía de Isora and Santiago del Teide are some of the places to visit if you are looking for paradisiacal beaches or volcanic enclaves like Chinyero. If you packed a surfboard (if not don’t worry, you can always rent one) then you have an appointment with El Médano, a beach that hosts world windsurfing championships.

What to see during Holy Week in Tenerife

If your trip to the Canary Islands coincides with Easter Week lies in Tenerife, you’ll want to make the most of your time. Here are some of the places you should visit during your stay.

Punta de Teno

Punta de Teno Tenerife Easter

Punta de Teno is one of the places  most recommended by travelers, thanks in part to the views of La Gomera and Los Gigantes. Your access is restricted to preserve the environment, so check the schedules well before visiting.

San Cristóbal de La Laguna

La Laguna Easter

As a World Heritage Site, this is always worth a visit. However, La Laguna lives Easter Week with special passion, so if you are interested in seeing the processions or Easter celebrations you should visit.

El Teide

El Teide Tenerife Easter

We couldn’t end this list without talking about another World Heritage Site. If you haven’t visited the Teide National Park yet, Easter Week is the perfect opportunity to experience its volcanic landscape, which seems more Martian than terrestrial because of its reddish tones.

So, are you coming to Tenerife this Easter? If you want more information about things to do, see our guide to hiking for newbies or, for a more astronomical experience, the best places to observe stars. Have fun!

The 2020 Tenerife Carnival; dates for the island’s biggest party

Have you chosen your costume? The 2020 Tenerife Carnival is just around the corner and, as always, is going to be full of great moments. If you’re in a hurry or don’t know the dates, don’t worry. Here are the key events and our recommendations for your calendar…

The start of the street carnival

Carnival Queen Tenerife

Although carnival lasts for almost the whole of February, the street carnival kicks-off with the Queen’s Election Gala. It is on Wednesday, February 19 and is when the 2020 Carnival Queen gets chosen. 2019’s Queen, Priscila Medina Quintero, remembers it as “an unforgettable night, something I will always remember and if I could, I would repeat again”.

Hardly surprising, as the Carnival Queen leads the Announcement Parade, the first major street event which, this year, is on Friday, February 21 at 8:00 p.m. Decorated floats and cars parade along the streets, watched by crowds waiting to see the new Queen and her Bridesmaids.

Comparsa Tenerife Carnival

The next day, on February 22, carnival returns to the street for the Comparsas Rhythm and Harmony contest. The troupe’s batucada drumming and colourful costumes fill Francisco la Roche Avenue with noise and fun. Last year’s winners, “Los Joroperos” along with director Fernando Hernández, received the prize thanks to their “work of many years, sacrifices and discipline, but also, great enthusiasm”.

The first carnival weekend closes with the Day Carnival which begins at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 23. It is a good opportunity for families and other people who want to celebrate during the day, and lasts well  into the afternoon.

The great week of Carnival

The main carnival week starts on Monday, February 24 with an intense street party where everyone dresses up, dances and enjoys themselves late into the night.

Tenerife Carnival in the streets

The next day, Tuesday, February 26, the Coso Apoteosis of the Carnival is the high point of the festivities with a huge parade where everyone participates: Murgas, Queens, Comparsas, carnival troupes … All come together at one of the most anticipated and attended events of the whole carnival. It starts at 4:00 p.m. on Francisco La Roche and Maritima Avenues.

The end of the Carnival

El Burial of the Sardine on Wednesday, February 26 is one of the most comical moments, with widows and mourners attending the symbolic burial of “Don Carnal”. It is the final event of the official carnival holiday season.

However, the icing on the cake is that the street party isn’t quite over yet. There’s a Day Carnival on Saturday, February 29 and a final hurrah on Sunday March 1st with the Grand Carnival Party End 2020.

Have you got the important dates in the diary? Then put on your costume and come and join in at the year’s biggest party.

The five most spectacular beach sunsets in Tenerife

Sometimes we get lost in our search for the perfect beach sunset; that ideal moment to share with you. It is easy to forget that it is our visitors who best know which corners of our island to visit. So, instead of giving you our selection, we decided to highlight the  beach sunsets that are most recommended by travelers to Tenerife.

Benijo Beach

“There is no other spot like it, so magical, exciting, so wild and so surprising. It is a mythical beach” says Julián. We get it; Benijo is one of those beaches with a unique magnetism that makes locals and strangers alike fall in love with it. 

Julian, one of hundreds of travelers to recommend Benijo, gives some good advice: “To go and enjoy it, it is mandatory to check the tides; especially the low tides, which is when the beach is at its biggest and widest”. 

Las Vistas Beach 

Although we have cheated a bit and visited  at dawn, Las Vistas shines at both ends of the day and is  one of south Tenerife’s flagship beaches. You’ll see why after watching the sun rise and set from the same spot.  

When the sun rises, the sky is flooded with gold, while on special occasions, it dyes the entire horizon purple. For Mali, Las Vistas beach is “the best of Tenerife. Fine white sand and crystal clear water. I’ve been coming to this beach for about 15 years. I repeat almost every year”.

El Médano Beach

Isabel García accurately describes El Médano in the Ocho Leguas blog as “the town with the most kites in Tenerife”. Kite flyers join windsurfers, kitesurfers and other wind-based sports enthusiasts to create a playful dance over the ocean. Montaña Roja, the Red Mountain, is the perfect backdrop to sunset at El Medano. 

Garden Beach

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If Tenerife in itself is a paradise, Puerto de la Cruz is a mini paradise within. It’s a city that retains its genuine seaside friendliness and draws visitors back year after year to pretty Playa Jardín.

 Jordi describes it as “one of the best beaches in Tenerife, with fine black sand .. Very long and wide to play ball, tennis, etc…”. Maria agrees, stating that, “I loved this beach because of how black it is and the contrast of the gardens. It is a very nice place to swim or just to take a walk.”

El Duque Beach

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To finish, we visit what is perhaps one of the most paradisiacal beaches in Tenerife. Sophianne says that, “if you want to relax in paradise, this is your beach. Whenever I can, I go in the morning to take an early dip in the transparent waters. It’s also a beautiful place to walk at sunset and take photos.” 

So there you have it. The five best beach sunset spots in Tenerife. All that’s left is to invite you to visit them and see if you can take that perfect photo to match. It’s not that difficult! 

A Christmas walk through La Laguna

Walking through the streets of San Cristóbal de La Laguna at Christmas takes you to another world. Start on Avenida Trinidad, where the characteristic scent of roasted chestnuts invites you to warm up with a handful of this traditional Christmas snack. 

Next, a stroll along busy Calle Herradores, one of the main main streets in La Laguna. Until the 19th century, this was the capital of Tenerife, hosting important artists and figures of recognized prestige that gave the city the charm that, centuries later,  made it a World Heritage Site.

Calle Obispo Rey Redondo is one of the prettiest Christmas spots with an illuminated walkway all the way to the lovely Plaza del Adelantado. This is the spot where locals and visitors alike take a photo and create a Christmas memory. 

However, the Plaza del Adelantado itself has its own breathtaking festive attractions. Stone benches with angel wings illuminated with LEDS; another perfect photo spot where you often have to queue and get to share the moment and Christmas cheer with other sightseers. 

After visiting the Plaza del Adelantado, where by the way you can also try some local Christmas sweets, the next La Laguna Christmas highlight is in the Plaza del Cristo. Here, a giant tree all of 20 meters high lights up the whole square and the La Laguna Market. This historic square was once on the edge of the town and separated the urban zone from the countryside, also known as the “Vega Lagunera”.

And while we talk of history, let’s not forget the divine local tradition known as “Lo Divino” where groups of neighbours walk the streets with instruments and sing popular local carols and Christmas songs to the delight of all passersby. This tradition has been maintained over the years and you still see groups of people walking the peaceful streets of La Laguna, drums in hand, singing the best known carols.

If Christmas at La Laguna has a defining characteristic, it is a peace and tranquility that allows you to enjoy it at your own pace. Wander between highlights and take in historical buildings, festive nooks or just the gentle bustle of local life. La Laguna invites you to relax, disconnect and enjoy the environment around you. 

A small challenge to finish: Take a photo in each illuminated corner and create a colorful album of memories from a place that is said to be the city with the most beautiful street in Spain.

How to prepare a Barraquito coffee, Tenerife’s star drink

The Barraquito is one of the star drinks of Tenerife. Its mixture of liquor, coffee and lemon captivates locals and visitors to the point of wanting to take the recipe home. We head to an iconic spot for the drink, El Camino in Puerto de la Cruz, to learn the secrets of the perfect Barraquito.

Carlos, our Barraquito ambassador, first shows us a 2016 video that has been seen thousands of times. He tells us how this coffee is an international drink: “They arrive from everywhere, Germans, Poles… the Poles go crazy and ask for ‘Barraquito, Barraquito’ as soon as they arrive, they come with the idea already in their heads.”

As we chat, we prepare the delicious layered drink. First comes the condensed milk; then Licor 43 “to give that cheerful touch”; above this, the espresso coffee; and finally a layer of milk and one of milk foam. Thus the five characteristic colors of the barraquito are achieved. It is essential to finish the recipe with a small slice of lemon and a little cinnamon sprinkled on the foam.

Carlos tells us that part of Barraquito’s success lies in the fact that it is not made in any other part of the continent. “Europeans love their coffee and this one is nothing like Macchiato or Latte. Those are more commercial coffees but the Barraquito is unique, I have been serving them for more than 30 years.”


The first thing to do when drinking the barraquito is to sink the lemon peel into the drink and then stir well with a spoon to mix all the flavors and create a homogeneous color. In the first sip the citrus flavor of the lemon invades the palate almost immediately. Then, the strong note of the Licor 43 kicks in with a strong aftertaste in the throat that no other coffee has.
With each sip the palate adapts to the initial surprise and the softness of the coffee mixed with the sweetness of the condensed milk comes through. The drink does not tire; on the contrary, as you get used to the liquor and the citrus you begin to perceive other flavors, like the cinnamon touch that crowns the glass.

The Barraquito also changes its name depending on where you are in Tenerife. In the capital (Santa Cruz, La Laguna) you may have to ask for a “Zaperoco” or “Barraquito especial”. This is because the standard Barraquito comes as a “leche y leche” coffee made with milk and condensed milk (also known as a “café bombón”). Marcial Morera, in his Dictionary of Canarian Language, states that the origin of the “Barraquito” comes from a man named Sebastián Rubio, nicknamed “Barraco”, who used to ask for the drink in bars of the capital of Tenerife.

What is the real secret of Barraquito that makes it so unique? Carlos is very clear on how to prepare his at El Camino. “Like everything in life, you have to put in love. The Barraquito, made with love, is perfection.”
We leave the bar with a good shot of energy and a big smile; it is true that things made with love taste much better.



The day I meet the wild whales and dolphins of Tenerife

“Your excursion to see whales and dolphins in Tenerife is confirmed,” said the email. I checked it over and over to make sure because I couldn’t wait to get out on the ocean and see the cetaceans.  

Where does my Tenerife whale and dolphin trip in Tenerife leave from?

The email said to be at “Puerto Colón” in the southern municipality of Costa Adeje although I could have chosen a trip from Los Cristianos or Los Gigantes. I arrive early so I go for a walk to watch people having fun on pretty Playa de la Pinta beach. I think I’ll head back tomorrow for a swim!

Right on time, I head to the boat and meet the small group of people coming with me on the trip. Everyone is excited to get the chance to see whales and dolphins swimming free in the ocean. 

I meet Julian, a friendly traveller who is on holiday and staying in the north of the island. He got up at dawn to make it to the boat in time for the trip. We exchange experiences for a while and he gives me some good tips about places to visit in Puerto de la Cruz, La Orotava y Garachico.

Then the captain calls us all on board.

At last we head out to see to look for whales and dolphins

After a quick safety briefing, our guide tells us all about the experience of watching whales and dolphins in Tenerife. He starts by telling us that the boat is proud to be signed up to the Quality Charter that guarantees that it respects the environment and doesn’t disturb the whales and dolphins.

Oh, I almost forgot to say! I put on plenty of sunscreen and a hat as the hot sun. It’s always best to be prepared and protect yourself from the sun’s rays. 

Waiting to see the cetaceans 

After a few minutes we are out on the open water. The sea is calm but at first we don’t see any animals. Our guide tells us not to worry as we are close to the area where they live. Then, suddenly, a group of whales appears right by the boat. 

The captain switches off the engines so we don’t disturb them and as they drift closer to us we can hear the sounds they make as they break the surface to breathe. It’s a magical experience  to be out there on the ocean sharing this moment with such beautiful creatures. 

As we keep our eyes on the whales, our guide tells us all about the 21 species of whales and dolphins that live in or visit the ocean around Tenerife. The most common species are the bottlenose dolphin and the short-finned pilot whale. 

Back to the harbour at Puerto Colón

After two hours on the water and a lovely snack we head back to Puerto Colón. Other trips include a swimming stop at a sheltered cove (especially around Los Gigantes) and there are short options for anyone in a hurry. I’m quite happy with my two-hour trip and have time to chat to Julian again. We swap impressions and a few photos of the day and we even agreed to go diving together in the north of Tenerife. Tomorrow will be another adventure; it looks like my day on the beach will have to wait.

Six of the most spectacular Tenerife sunsets

Tenerife’s unique sunsets turn places that are already special into something truly wonderful. Here are five Tenerife sunsets that look like they are taken from a work of art.

A Tenerife sunset with spectacular purple hues

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For our first sunset we head to Playa de Las Vistas, in the Arona municipality. If a day in the sunshine and the cool breeze here already sounds good, then wait until it is the magic hour  and you experience one of the best sunsets in south Tenerife.

This purple sunset is a rare event caused by an atmospheric anomaly but every sunset at Las Vistas is the cherry on the cake of a perfect beach day.

Benijo, Tenerife’s most photogenic beach

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From the south to a spot in north Tenerife that is famous amongst photographers; Benijo beach. This hidden spot in remote Anaga has some of the best and most photogenic sunsets in all of Tenerife. 

The beautiful rock formation called Roque de Benijo is the perfect backdrop for your Instagram stories and if you capture it at the magical sunset hour, all your friends are bound to ask you where you took such a spectacular Tenerife photo.

When the sun hides behind the lighthouse at Bajamar

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Bajamar is a low-key spot north of La Laguna where locals and visitors go to swim in the natural pools or walk along the pretty shore towards the iconic lighthouse.

The lighthouse is also the focal point that allows you to have fun with your sunset photos by hiding the setting sun behind its silhouette. This dance of light and shadows adds to any photo of the beautiful sunsets and gives you images and memories that last a lifetime.

The city of many sunsets, Puerto de la Cruz

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If you think you’ve seen all the best beach sunsets in Tenerife,  Puerto de la Cruz still has a few aces hidden up its sleeve. This town may be in the smallest municipality in Tenerife but it is justifiably popular with tourists thanks to its wide variety of landscapes, experiences and activities.

Puerto de la Cruz’s sunsets are a big part of its appeal. For a beach sunset like the one in our photo, head to Playa Jardín. For spectacular sunset views out over the Atlantic, you’ll see superb blues and golden hues from the Atlantic Mirage hotel.

A sunset across the Tenerife fairways

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Tenerife is a golf paradise because its courses were designed by top players and because of its climate and spectacular landscapes. 

The Buenavista Golf course, designed by Spanish golfing great  Severiano Ballesteros, offers unmatchable views out over the rugged northwest coast of Tenerife. From the nearby El Burgado restaurant you can watch the sun drop behind the horizon while you listen to the waves washing against  La Arena beach.

Tenerife’s most spectacular sunset, at Teide

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There is no other place to end this list of Tenerife’s top sunset spots than at the Teide National Park. Whether you at the Montañas de Guajara, like our photographer, or at the peak itself, you have the island at your feet and the landscapes as the sun sets behind Spain’s highest mountain will stay with you forever.

What about you? Do you have a powerful sunset memory from Tenerife? Please join us on social media and tell us about it. We’d love to have the best collection of Tenerife sunset photos on the internet and we’re sure that your photo deserves its place in the gallery.